Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar, Svetlana Makarovič
Choreography: Natalija Manojlović
Costuem design: Ana Savić Gecan
Actors: Vesna Zornik/alt. Ajda Smrekar, Violeta Tomič, Tadej Pišek, Svetlana Makarovič, Ljerka Belak, Robert Waltl
Opening night: Janary 2011
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Well known Sapramouse is looking for luck this time. Sapramouse doesn’t want to listen to her friends advises who tell her to mend the shabby looking cottage before the winter comes. Arrogantly she ignores them but when the snow blizzard tears down her house, she becomes so pessimistic that she wants to die. Friends that offer to help her are turned away by her unkindness, only Froggy the frog remains who reveals her the wisdom of how to find her lost luck. Sapramouse starts literally to enforce the metaphoric proverb that each is the smith of his own luck. The path to the blacksmith is demanding and full of dangers and the pessimistic Sapramouse complains about her destiny. Nevertheless she safely reaches the blacksmith where all night long she shapes her luck– a small heart. The sign of her outer happiness changes her look on the world – no longer pessimistic in spite of the fact that unpleasant things happened to her on the way home. She finds out that it is possible to have a more optimistic look at life. All the accidents that happen to her on her way home could even be more dangerous. As she made the visible symbol of luck her friends have built her home and in doing so repaid her good deeds. Sapramouse realizes that is good to have friends and that this is the actual luck she searches and that good deeds, kindness and hospitality are repaid with goodness. Personified animals from the author’s previous stories appear in the story: squirrel, jay bird, rabbit, frog and even a human blacksmith.
The story of Sapramouse’s Luck by Svetlana Makarovič will be illustrated by Metka Golec and tandem SON:da. Subtle, warm lines and stunning details will result in a very realistic perception of the fairy world where animals are personified.
The performance will be appropriate for younger as well as for older children who find parallels between fairy tales and real world, as well as for the adults who with the help of fictional characters remember which things are really important in life – friends and responsibility for their own luck.
In the late autumn Sapramouse stands in front of her shabby cottage and Froggy the frog advises her that it is high time make the repairs or else it won’t last the winter. At that time wind suddenly blows and brings a snow blizzard. Sapramouse cottage collapses and animals criticize her why she didn’t fix it sooner. Stubborn Sapramouse won’t listen to critics; she would rather lie down in the snow and wants to die. Froggy the frog convinces her that each smites his own luck and that she should go to a blacksmith to make luck. Sapramouse hits the road and the blacksmith helps her shape a small heart that for Sapramouse symbolizes her own luck. On her way home bad things happen to her, but in spite of that she is convinced that she still has luck, as it could have been even worse. And as she approaches her home she sees that her woodland friends have fixed her house. “What a luck that I have Luck” she says to herself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Svetlana Makarovič is the leading Slovenian writer of children stories. She has graduated at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) in Ljubljana and started her career as a theatre actress. In 1970 she became freelance writer. Besides writing poetry and prose she became renowned with her radio and puppet performances for children and drama performances for adults. She has one of the largest bibliographies among Slovenian writers. While her poetry for adults is dark, her children stories radiate joy, imagination and humor. In her prose works for children she has developed a unique style where animals appear with special names and developed characters often with her archetypical motif of leaving home. The target audience of her stories isn’t only children but also adults who have kept their connection with their inner child. For the poetry Army time (Vojskin čas) she has received in 1975 the Levstik prize (Levstikova nagrada) and in 1976 the prize of Prešern foundation (nagrada Prešernovega sklada). In 1994 she was named on the IBBY Honor List and in the 1998 and 2000 nominated for the prestige Andersen award.